Author(s): F.X. Toole
'Ring magic is different from the magic of the theatre, because the curtain never comes down - because the flood in the ring is real blood, and the broken noses and the broken hearts are real, and sometimes they are broken forever. Boxing is the magic of men in combat, the magic of will, and skill, and pain, and the risking of everything so you can respect yourself for the rest of your life.' The hermetic world of boxing is notoriously difficult for outsiders to understand, though it has provided a source of fascination to numerous writers, including Norman Mailer, A.J. Liebing, Joyce Carol, and Ernest Hemingway. F.X. Toole is a dazzling new writer with a fresh and original voice, who has been a boxing professional for over twenty-five years. "Rope Burns", a collection of short stories and a novella, is written from this unique perspective. In this dazzling collection of stories, F.X. Toole exhibits the skill of a miniaturist: in precise and exquisite detail, he peoples a world rich in unforgettable characters. At the same time, he brings a new understanding to the violence and purity of the sweet science, opening a window into the fighter's sole.